Skip to comments.Went the Day Well? (1942 movie)
Posted on 04/09/2014 3:28:22 PM PDT by virgil283
Tonight on Turner Classic Movies a film named as one of the "100 Greatest War Films" in Britain, "Went the Day Well"--This film has consistent suspense, worthy of Alfred Hitchcock ! It was released in 1943, when the war with Germany was raging. If you're fond of older British movies you'll recognize some fine actors: Leslie Banks, David Farrar, Thora Hird, Basil Sydney, Mervyn Johns. The film is a well-constructed piece of stirring, patriotic wartime propaganda. ....Midnight EDT.
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Netflix knows it exists, but doesn’t have it available. I imagine “The British War Collection,” of which this is a part, could be purchased reasonably from Amazon.
I saw one a while back on Netflix, “Millions Like Us,” from 1943. It was about young women working in war industries.
“Cottage to Let,” also starring Leslie Banks, from 1941, is available on Netflix streaming.
David Farrar played a great part in Rumer Godden’s “The Black Narcissus”-—as the love interest of a nun who went ballistic.
I saw that, although I doubt I’d recognize any of the actors. It was a very interesting movie. I’ve read most of Rumer Godden’s books over the years.
You’re welcome. I pulled up “Millions Like Us,” since I remembered the title, and Netflix gave me a selection of other movies it considered similar/related. I’ve put “Cottage to Let” on my streaming list so I can watch it some rainy afternoon.
My teenagers and even the boys as young as 8 can get into these old movies, if the reproduction quality is good enough for them to understand the dialog (or if there are subtitles available).
Anyhow, it's a ripping good story and well worth the time.
I like the notice on the picture at the lead, “Superb British Propaganda Film!”
That’s about what we said when we watched “Mrs. Miniver.”
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Black Narcissus was her first published book. She wrote This House of Brede, also about nuns, after she converted to Catholicism.
She also wrote a slew of children’s books...and poetry.
But when it’s our propaganda it’s true!
Other adult books, too, such as “Pippa Passes” and “Coromandel Sea Change” and “Peacock Summer.” I’ve always been interested in India, so I got a lot out of her books.
I first read “In This House of Brede” in the Reader’s Digest Condensed Books sets in my grandparents’ attic in Missouri, where my brother and I would go in the summer. Eventually I became a Catholic, too, and that was definitely an influence.
There’s no inherent contradiction between “propaganda” and “true.” The truth is “propaganda” if it’s presented with the intent to convert or persuade the audience towards a certain point of view.
A great novelist can make quite an impression.
Thanks for sharing.
If you think “Rumer” is an odd name, her older sister’s name was “Winsome,” but she was called “Jon.” Brits are weird.
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